On Tuesday, AS reported Watford defender Pervis Estupiñán’s move to Villarreal was ‘imminent’. 

El Comercio are also reporting the left-back is ‘close’ to joining the La Liga side after rejecting an approach from Brighton & Hove Albion. 

It’s claimed the Seagulls offered the 22-year-old ‘better salary’, but he turned down Brighton, as he is likely to play in the Europa League with Unai Emery’s side.

The Ecuador international spent the last season on loan at Osasuna, and having adapted to life in La Liga, joining the Yellow Submarine, who offer European football, seems a better option over the Premier League club. 

El Comerico adds the Hornets will receive €15m from the player’s move to Villarreal. 

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Wednesday’s edition of AS explains Estupiñán has been in the Spanish city since Monday, and was hoping to soon sign for Villarreal. 

The two clubs have already reached an agreement, and with the player already completing his medical, only the ‘final procedures’ are remaining. 

According to the report, the ‘bureaucracy’ slowed down the signing, meaning paperwork was delaying Estupiñán’s transfer to Villarreal to be made official. 

The move has since been announced, with the La Liga club revealing Estupiñan has joined them the next seven years.